i mean, think about it, we created 23 million new jobs, the biggest budget surplus in history -- and, by the way, we produced a lot of millionaires, too. there's no contradiction here. and there are plenty of patriotic, successful americans, a lot of business leaders, a lot of folks who'd be willing to make this contribution again if they were asked to help pay down the deficit and they saw it as part of a responsible, balanced plan. this is about choices. i don't believe that giving millionaires and billionaires a $250,000 tax cut is going to do more for our future than hiring transformative teachers, or providing financial aid to the children of middle-class families. [applause] i don't believe a poorly designed tax cut like that is more likely to create jobs than providing loans to new entrepreneurs, or tax credits to small businesses who hire veterans.